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Making simple savings in the kitchen

Whilst we can’t change energy prices or food costs we can remind you of advice, tips and support when it comes to eating this winter. We hope the following information helps.

The cost of kitchen appliances

You can make small savings that add up in the long run by knowing how much the appliances in your kitchen cost to run.

Using your oven every day can be a real drain on power. On average it costs about 34p every 20 minutes. If it’s gas it’ll be cheaper, but it still uses a lot of energy.

Slow cooker
These can be really helpful when it comes to cooking and energy bills. They run at roughly 5p per hour.

As they heat up a lot more quickly, microwaves are much more efficient than using an oven.

When boiling the kettle, only ever fill it with the water you need. This way you’ll avoid reheating the same water over and over.

Cook up some savings

Do a stock take
A bit of planning can save you more than you’d think. Do a stock take of the kitchen and plan your meals based on what’s in the cupboard.

Always check the use by date
Roughly half the food we throw away can be eaten. We recommend going by the ‘use by’ date on the packet, rather than the ‘best before’.

Batch cook and freeze
It can be tempting to rely on a quick meal but often they are more expensive. Cook yourself a big meal with fresh ingredients that you pop in the freezer and heat up for the rest of the week.

Making shopping cheaper

Supermarkets use sneaky tricks around this time of year to get us spending more.

Stick to your list
Setting a budget and sticking to your list is easier said than done, but it can help keep costs down.

Check the price per unit
Price per unit pays. Always check the labels on the shelves to get the best deal. Offers may look appealing but can be moreexpensive.

Buy own brand
Supermarket own brands are often cheaper. Look for everyday essentials and you’ll find yourself making savings.


To access one you need someone to refer you. This could be a school, your doctor, social worker or another organisation that works with the food bank.

Our very own Money Matters team can also refer you to a food

bank if you need. You can find their contact details here. You could also contact your local council – they can put you in touch with other organisations that can help with referrals. They might be able to offer you vouchers or grants to help cover the cost of food in an emergency.

We know that food banks are a last resort for many and it can feel difficult to admit that you need help, but we want you to know that it’s always OK to ask for help. Don’t suffer in silence.

There are always people there to help

Healthy Start
If you’re pregnant or have a child under four, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk under this scheme.

They offer completely free hot meals to people who need them on a weekly basis. All you need to do is turn up. There are locations in Beeston and Harehills.

Community fridges
You can find free, surplus food donated by local businesses in community fridges. Head to the link below to find your nearest

In Meanwood and Pudsey there are pantries that take donations of surplus food from local businesses. For a small yearly sign up fee you can go and get free food from them.

Feeding Britain
They have compiled a country-wide map of affordable food clubs and other helpful organisations. Feeding Bradford & Keighley and the West Yorkshire Poverty Network are two organisations you can find on their website.

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